Modesto, Calif., August 2012 – Flu season will be knocking at the door soon and the stores of Save Mart Supermarkets- Save Mart, Lucky, S-Mart Foods, and FoodMaxx – are ready. Store pharmacists are already administering immunizations to anyone 9 years of age and older with the added bonus of a $10 off coupon with a $30 purchase to customers receiving a flu shot at participating stores. This promotion will be offered until the end of this year. Most stores with pharmacies are prepared to administer shots to walk-in customers, times are posted. Many stores without pharmacies will be offering mobile flu-shot clinics, which will be advertised in store and also posted to the company websites. Clinic locations, dates, and times are listed on the attached release.
The following immunizations are being offered:
- Seasonal Influenza (Regular, High dose and Intradermal)
- Whopping Cough – Adacel – Particularly important in immunizing families with small children due to susceptibility of small children to this deadly disease.*Note below
- Pneumonia – Pneumovax
- Zostavax- for Shingles
Seasonal Influenza vaccine comes in 3 different forms: 1) high dose which is indicated for patients 65 years or older, 2) Intradermal which consists of a needle that is virtually invisible to the human eye and 3) the regular version.
Our commitment is to offer immunization to as many of our customers as possible, hoping to help keep everyone healthy and well through this year’s cough and cold season.
*A vaccine to prevent whopping cough- pertussis in young children has been widely used since the 1940s. Currently, it is recommended that children receive a primary 3-dose series at 2, 4, and 6 months of age and two booster immunizations at 15-18 months and 4-6 years of age. Despite high vaccination coverage rates (over 80% of children 19-35 months of age have received four doses), the incidence rate of whopping cough- pertussis has gradually increased since the 1980s. Surveillance indicates that the greatest increase in rates of pertussis have occurred for adolescents and adults, possibly due to waning vaccine immunity or a change in the reporting of the disease.